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#46139
Fantasy Movie Accents 2 Years, 2 Months ago  
Hypothetical question.

If you were making (or viewing) a fantasy movie, would you rather:

1. Cast only actors who have the same accent.
2. Have al of the actors trained to the same accent for that movie.
3. Have the actors use their natural accents, but allow them to influence casting (all New York accents cast as characters from the castle, all Southern accents cast as characters from the Far Lands, for example).
4. Have the actors use their natural accents, and ignore them for casting.

Or something else not covered here?

Does the presence of a "classic" fantasy accent (usually English) enhance the fantasy movie experience?
Does the presence of atypical, multiple, or identifiable regional accents detract from the fantasy movie experience?

I'm mostly just curious.
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#46150
Re:Fantasy Movie Accents 2 Years, 2 Months ago  
I would prefer the same accent, whether they are trained to it or just using their natural accent. The Rome miniseries is a good example. At first it was odd, Romans with varying degrees of British accent. But it worked since it unified the cast. I think actors using their natural accent would be possibly too jarring and inconsistent, depending on the cast.
I do like the idea of accents for various regions in a film.
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#46317
Re:Fantasy Movie Accents 2 Years, 1 Month ago  
I like the attention to detail of dialect/accent coaches in films. I also like giving different accents to characters of different stations (commoners vs royalty) or of different regions within the fantasy world.

And I'm not sure why, but anything other than British-type accents in fantasy films just seems wrong to me.
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#46370
Re:Fantasy Movie Accents 2 Years, 1 Month ago  
For me, "Old World" European accents work best in quasi medieval settings but for an araby style setting it wouldn't work as well!

I like what Game of Thrones did with its casting, e.g. all of the Northern types had Yorkshire accents, whilst the Southern nations (Lannister etc) had more "posh" queens English Received Pronunciation. It fleshed outt he world and made it more believable as regional accents were correctly ascribed to different characters according to where their characters came from.

Lord of the Rings did similar but toned down the accent thing (other than virtually all of them being British accents)

For me, the Irish accents in the 'Alexander' film didn't work as they were too strong. But then again, Irish audiences probably preferred it to the staple of English/American accents.

Dave

And no, I don't have anything against the Irish, I think its a kind of sexy accent!
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